It seems I won’t be alone as the Green Party of England and Wales stands a good chance of coming fourth ahead of the Liberal Democrats (and behind UKIP, Labour and the Conservatives – perhaps in that order). I will vote Labour in the next UK general election, almost without a doubt, as I live in a marginal constituency (Corby – a Labour/Conservative marginal) where my vote really matters. And my Local MP, Andy Sawford, is a good guy and will certainly get my support – and active support too.
But in this EU election, voting Green is not just a protest vote – it’s a ‘Wake up!’ vote. A good showing for the Greens will have an impact, perhaps, on the main party manifestos in the next general election, and I want to see all of our political parties treating environmental issues more seriously.
Why else am I voting Green? I do support many of the Green Party’s policies, although others seem a bit daft to me. But that is true of all the political parties. That’s life. Here is a useful place to check which party is closest to your beliefs. And listen here to hear what they say about the environment.
A while ago I heard Evan Davies (I think it was) ‘interviewing’ Natalie Bennett and he seemed to want to talk about dustbins in Brighton most of the time. I think the point was that when the Greens get in power they maybe aren’t very good at it. Well, I don’t think the EU will be run by Greens next week, although if it were, I’d take the chance on them making a half-decent job of it.
I remember plenty of times being on interview panels when someone would say that a particular outstanding candidate was ‘a bit young for the job’ or ‘not quite ready’ and I was never impressed by that. Let’s give the young and inexperienced a chance if, and the ‘if’ is important, if we think they are good enough and we think their heart is in the right place. We’ll never find out how competent and incompetent the Greens are until we see them succeed or fall flat on their faces.
Caroline Lucas, voted as this blog’s MP of the year last December, certainly has been a breath of fresh air in Westminster and has raised the passion and level of debate on environmental issues. She’s very impressive and learned some of her skills, and acquired some of her knowledge, through being an MEP – there are probably a few more people out there who could do the same thing.
You make up your own mind. I’ve made up mine. despite being a Labour Party member I am voting Green in the EU elections tomorrow.